Public Art Gallery
Welcome to the Public Art gallery. I have shown a few examles of different Public Art Projects I have worked on. You can click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
Blaenavon Gateway Feature
This piece was commissioned by Torfaen County Borough Council, working in conjunction with Celfwaith, an art agency in Wales. I was asked to work in conjunction with Matthew Tomalin, an iron caster. Blaenavon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its industrial heritage which started with the Ironworks opening in 1789. We wanted to make a piece that resonated with the town's industrial past and yet has a contemporary feel. We came up with the idea of representing the shape of a blast furnace in the overall design and the glass infill has a thin layer of printed film set into it with the lettering design, which came from the town's motto. The treatment of the lettering is like the layering within a blast furnace.
Norwich University Hospital Sculpture
This piece was commissioned by Norwich Hospital Arts Project, in conjunction with and funded by donations left to the Organ Donation Department. The theme was to be related to the idea of organ donation without being explicit and I had the idea of using words (albeit adapted slightly) from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. The idea was to make something that was tactile and thought provoking, and also functioning as a seat where people could relax and be grounded.
John Fielding project
This piece was again commissioned by Torfaen County Borough Council, working in conjunction with Celfwaith. The aim was to create a stone to remember and celebrate John Fielding VC, a local hero in Llantarnam, Cwmbran. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the defence of Rorke's Drift during the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879. John Fielding, also known as John Williams, was 21 when he risked his life to save eight hospitalised soldiers. The words carved into the slate are lines from a Welsh hymn called The Hirlas Horn. The Hirlas Horn was a drinking-horn. It was long, blue and rimmed with silver. When not filled with the best Welsh ale it was also used to sound an alarm on the battlefield. A curved horn is carved in relief above the words. Mererid Velios of Celfwaith: "The artist wanted the work to not only remember John Fielding, but also act as a tribute to the bravery of all those involved in such engagements. The work is respectful of the courage and bravery of soldiers, but also has an uplifting and poetic quality. It is a lyrical work which is suggestive of battle in general terms, rather than recording the facts of a certain battle."
The Dings Homezone, Bristol
This project was commissioned by Bristol city Council working with SUSTRANS. "The Dings is a small residential area north of Temple Meads railway station in Bristol. It was blighted by rat-running and a severe commuter parking problem, the area suffered from acute access problems for emergency vehicles and traffic danger for residents. As part of the EU-funded VIVALDI project, Sustrans and Bristol City Council worked with the local community to develop a home zone in the Dings. Involving communities in the design process was seen as an essential aspect of creating the home zone. Community ownership of a design results in an improved sense of ownership over the spaces and places concerned. Local memories and feelings about The Dings have been captured in 11 carved stone and cast iron plaques and medallions which have been installed on walls and paving throughout the home zone. Their individual insights and memories paint a picture which reveals the nature of the Dings and the spirit of its people." taken from the SUSTRANS website.
RAF Bircham Newton War Memorial
This project was commissioned by a charity set up to raise funds for a small museum and this stone to commemorate the airfield. The former RAF airfield at Bircham Newton started life during the First World War. It was first used to train fighter pilots who were going to join the war in the skies over France. However, Bircham Newton was destined to become a bomber base. During the Second World War, Bircham became one of the most important Coastal Command stations on the East Coast. Bircham Newton finally closed in December 1962, ending a long and distinguished RAF service of more than 40 years involving more than 80 flying units.
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Monolith
This project was commissioned by the Hospital Arts Project as a symbolic stone to celebrate the life and work of Michael Everitt, who helped to set up the Hospital Arts Project. The inscription reads: "in wildness is the preservation of the world." The stone is very tactile and was designed to be approachable, a "touch stone."
The Old Dairy, Catton, Norwich
This piece was commissioned by Able Homes, who were developing some housing on the site of Old Catton Dairy. The stone sits among the new housing estate.
Sea Palling Playground
This piece was commissioned by a committee set up to oversee the development of new play equipment in the coastal village of Sea Palling. Lottery Funding helped to fund the whole project. The stone forms the base of a village noticeboard made by Wood worker Gavin Morris. The stone features carvings of flora and fauna found locally.